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Top 25 Best Horror Movies Of 2015

7th – Crimson Peak
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Released: October 16, 2015
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 -Seen It-  Gothic ghost-chiller set in 19th century America and northern England. An aspiring author (Wasikowska), the daughter of a savvy millionaire, is visited by the ghost of her mother warning her to “beware of Crimson Peak”. When a mysterious down-on-his-luck landed Brit (Hiddleston) appears with his sister (Chastain) looking for financial backers, she finds herself falling for his charms, over those of her childhood friend (Hunnam). Before long she ends up staying in the siblings’ estate in England, a spectacular old mansion with rot in the walls, that’s gradually sinking into the red clay beneath. What is the true purpose of her being there? The spirit in the house knows. It remembers… Director Del Toro co-created the idea, and accurately describes it as “a classical romance ghost story, but with scenes that are really disturbing in a very modern way. It’s a proper R rating. And it’s adult.” His aim was to honour large-scale horror like ‘The Innocents’, Robert Wise’s ‘The Haunting’, and ‘The Shining’. “I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets,” he says. “I wanted this to feel like a throwback.” Amen to that. The beautiful, perhaps overly elaborate main set does sometimes veer closer to the ‘The Haunting’ remake, and the emphasis on style does drown out scares. However the $55 million budget is well-spent, with terrific visuals, a talented cast and lavish costuming. It is gory, with a truly gruesome murder and a number of disturbingly creative stabbings. The ghosts are a mixed bag, sometimes effective, sometimes distractingly cgi, but they’re a lot less important to the story than you’d imagine.

6th – The Voices
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver
Director: Marjane Satrapi
Released: February 6, 2015
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 -Seen It-  A chirpy loner (Ryan) spends his nights talking with his cat and his dog in two-way conversations that are all in his head. The dog is supportive and positive, while the cat pushes aggression and self-satisfaction. At his new factory job he is enthusiastically pursuing his workplace crush (Arterton), but when she stands him up for a date, things turn sinister. His life spiralling out of control, the persistent interest of another woman from accounts (Kendrick) might pull him back to the right path… if he doesn’t behead her. This is a black-comedy horror along the lines of ‘American Psycho’. There are no big laughs, rather a peversely upbeat atmosphere conveying the world through his unmedicated eyes. Ryan Reynolds gives a fantastic performance full of nuance and complexity that carries the audience’s sympathy despite increasingly frequent moments of deeply sinister menace – somehow by the end you love the character but still want him to kill himself. Reynolds also does excellent, virtually unrecognisable voicework for the cat and dog. Sometimes it’s incredibly sad and bleak but overall ‘The Voices’ is a really interesting watch.

5th – Deathgasm
Starring: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman
Director: Jason Lei Howden
Released: October 2, 2015

 -Seen It-  New loner kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. When Zakk takes them to break into the home of their metal-thrashing icon, they end up with a satanic verse which, when they unwittingly perform it as a song, turns the neighbours into demonically-possessed maniacs and summons an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One… New Zealanders are the reining kings of comedy-horror with ‘What We Do In The Shadows’, ‘Housebound’ and now this. It’s little surprise that this is directed by an fx artist who worked under the man who started the NZ tradition, Peter Jackson. Thankfully ‘Deathgasm’ is not the Rob Zombie metalhead depiction, rather it’s closer to Bill & Ted. The possessed monsters are copied wholesale from ‘Evil Dead 2’, but it’s done so well it feels like a welcome sequel. ‘Deathgasm’ sports inventive gore, thoroughly likeable characters, and razor sharp comic timing.

4th – Spring
Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker
Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Released: March 20, 2015

 -Seen It-  A young man (Pucci – 2013’s ‘Evil Dead’) in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harboring a dark, primordial secret. As they grow closer, they near her day of reckoning. This is a much better movie than its trailer might suggest (and she’s not a vampire it’s more interesting than that). The acting is effortless and natural while the script is wonderfully free-flowing and sometimes a little profound. It’s a moving story against a scenic backdrop that’s nicely filmed and scored. The biology of the creature is confusing at first, she doesn’t quite come across as the old soul that she is, there’s no antagonist, and don’t expect frights or much in the way of gore, but this might be one of the beautiful monster movies you ever see.

3rd – Bone Tomahawk
Starring: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Released: October 23, 2015

 -Seen It-  When a murderous thief (Arquette) desecrates the holy site of a creepy tribe of cannibalistic Indian-Troglodytes, they pursue him into town and kidnap him, along with a deputy and the wife of a local man (Wilson). To attempt a rescue, the sheriff (Russell) teams with the husband, the 2nd deputy (Dawkins) and a smart-suited Indian-killer (Fox) to make the dangerous three day ride through the desert to the cave… ‘Tombstone’ meets ‘Ravenous’ in this low key release that’s a gem. Whenever Kurt Russell is a cowboy you know he’s going to own it but behind him you’ve got the fine cast of Patrick Wilson, Richard Dawkins playing it wonderfully inept, the underrated Matthew Fox, and David Arquette (a ‘Ravenous’ nod no doubt). With arguably the best character work and one liners of the horror year, the script has the Wild West lingo down pat, and is littered with terrific exchanges. Emotional connections are strong and effortlessly forged. It’s inventive in its gore too, which doesn’t linger on screen long until a showstoppingly gruesome scene toward the end. The troglodytes are chilling and mysterious, although they lose some of that aura when we finally enter their lair. At 2hr 15min it runs longer than normal and the horror aspect is missing for a huge stretch (which could theoretically turn off some), but it’s hard to recall a genre movie where such affinity is felt toward four men facing down death. (P.S. If you enjoy this then seek out ‘The Forest’ on PC, it’s practically the game of the movie.)

2nd – What We Do In The Shadows
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh
Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Released: February 13, 2015
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 -Seen It-  Horror-comedy mockumentary about four vampires turned in different eras sharing a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Brugh), and Vladislav (Clement) are hundreds of years old, but still have to keep up with household chores, dress well without being able to use a mirror, get into nightclubs when they need to be invited in, and overcome flatmate disputes like “who let the vampire hunter in?” When a modern day New Zealand lad is turned and joins the household with his human friend Stu, they appreciate Stu’s knowledge of the internet but find the new vampire’s insistence on showing off difficult to deal with. On the horizon is the big vampire ball and a fateful run in with some local werewolves. Directed and written by stars Clement and Waititi (who also starred in and directed ‘Flight of the Conchords’ respectively), this is the best vampire-comedy ever made, underpinned by its social satire, high-spirited performances, keen knowledge of vampire mythology and heartfelt pathos.

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  • gd smith said

    There’s too many cuddly zombie movies. But otherwise there’s some decent looking stuff. “It Follows” looks interesting. The Krampus/evil Santa idea has been done a few times notably Rare Exports, Saint and Santa’s Slay.

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    • Dobie said

      Krampus is a real myth that’s been told many ages ago though.

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      • Terry said

        In reply to Dobie – Rare Exports is a real myth told by many through the ages. Krampus is the same myth. As the other reviewer (G D SMith) said, Krampus has been done before. I havent seen Krampus yet but it would need to be extremely well done to beat Rare Exports – shame only “hollywood” blockbusters get noticed tho. Rare Exports is a brilliant movie that should have a lot more recognition.

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  • craig said

    Whatever happen to the individual stalker type horror movies like Halloween, Scream? There are too many scary movies in 2015 that deal with spiritism. I don’t know why Hollywood keeps making stuff with demons, ghosts, spirits, witchcraft, and the Devil.Don’t invite stuff like this into your home or life,keep the Devil away because watching movies like that can affect a person’s thinking and an individual can become desensitized toward other people. Avoiding them protects my spirituality and well-being, also my relationship with God.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
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      Slasher films are still out of fashion, there were a few last year like ‘Stage Fright’ and ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’. It needs something clever like Halloween or Scream to kick off another wave and there’s no sign of that at the moment. Ghost stories are cheap to do and make good money. Especially if they’re found footage, then they’re really cheap.

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      • gd smith said

        Have been loads of slasher films released over the last few years but they tend to be low budget and aimed at the DVD and on demand market. Blood Shed, Varsity, Blood, Chastity Bites, Bloody Homecoming, two movies called Mischief Night etc. The thing about ghost movies is that you can do them as PGs and PG 13s with lots of jump scares so the potential audience is bigger which means they are more attractive to major studios and cinema chains at the moment.

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    • Lisa said

      I do not understand how you would think that slasher movies are good for your soul…these type of movies are terrible for your soul, and glorify murder…also these type of films will desensitize you more then any other.

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      • gd smith said

        I’ve been watching slasher since I was a Tot. I’m a pretty sensitive dude. In fact If I got anymore sensitive I would actually become a mystical aura.

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    • Blah said

      Watching a horror movie about evil does not make you evil. That’s absurd. Im sure god will be alright with me watching these movies. Christians are so ridiculous.

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  • Paws said

    why do they have to change director for series? Insidious chapter 3 and Sinister 2 will be the best horror movies of 2015 good series both of them I love ghost stories and these are some of the best in my opion. but James Wan should still tdo them. does anyone know if the lipstick demon is going to be in this one?

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  • Onion said

    “Unfriended” and “Before I Wake” sound the most intriguing to me. Is a feature-length succession of static computer screen frames in “Unfriended”, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before, going to be particularly scary? And if “Before I Wake” is the tiniest little downsized bit like unforgettable scenes from “The Cell” or “Pan’s Labyrinth”, it’s going to be a great – if quite unsettling – watch.

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  • Igor said

    As a fan of the gothic I think the best horror movies of 2015 will be Crimson Peak and Victor Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein sounds like an interesting take and Daniel Radcliffe is becoming a better actor imho.

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  • Lisa said

    This is a fantastic list of horror films…I am happy so many paranormal and haunting titles are here…I am most excited about M Night, and Del Toro releasing a new film…they are my favorite horror film directors, and it has been too long since they have released a film. Thank You for a great list!

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  • chulookin said

    Hopefully the Soska sisters put out a SEQUEL TO THEIR FIRST MOVIE…….. “Dead Hooker In A Trunk”…

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  • prawn said

    The 2015 horror movies I would recommend are Insidious: Chapter 3 & Sinister 2. nothing is as frightning as hell and spirits except they have both 🙁

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  • franky goes to holliwood said

    Maggie is not a horror movie. It’s a freaking painful to watch drama, that could be interpreted as a movie about some deadly disease, definitely NO HORROR in that movie. I mean seriously if you get Arnold S. to play in a so called “zombie-movie” please make it a zombie-movie and not a abstract cancer drama.. jesus.. what a waste..

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  • AlanItsAlive said

    A lot of choice, but Victor Frankenstein among the top horror movies of 2015? It looks like a Sherlock Holmes adventure. Mary Shelley would not be pleased. We should dig her up, pump electricity and give her the bad news.

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  • Kid Ney said

    It Follows – best horror movie of 2015 so far.

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  • Gizbot said

    “It Follows” has to be one of the worst horror (well, maybe of any genre) film I have ever seen. Seriously, aside from the metaphor movie from hell, what made anyone in their right mind give this first place? Good grief, not only did I want the main character to die (preferably with her leg sticking backwards), I kept praying the movie would kill my TV so I did not have to watch another second. Ugh.

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  • putch said

    Since you asked, the best horror movies of 2015 are The Final Girls and Crimson Peak. Done.

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  • Babe said

    I’m going to be honest, I skipped to the last page after I saw that Insidious 3 somehow ended up as one of your top picks. That’s the sort of mistake that might have driven a less forgiving reader away instantly, but I was relieved to see that you picked a great number one in the end. I’m fairly positive that the sort of people who pick on It Follows just don’t really like horror that much, because it’s a well executed original concept that manages to perfectly evoke the golden era of slashers without riding on their coattails. No, It Follows detractors, “but the stupid clam shell e-reader!” is not valid criticism.

    Anyway, I scrolled down to your all caps “NOT GOOD ENOUGH” section and that newfound sense of satisfaction with your list was gone almost immediately. We Are Still Here, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, and Creep were easily some of the best horror flicks of the year. All three of those are better films than even the first two thirds of Insidious (the only redeemable part of the saga). They’d definitely make much better additions to your list than the various horror-comedies (I’ll give you What We Do In The Shadows, but are we not done with these yet? seriously?). Also, Unfriended was absolutely lame compared to the far superior The Den. We don’t need two found-footage webcam movies – frankly, I was skeptical that we’d even need one.

    I know this is all a matter of opinion and whatnot, but some of yours are just wrong.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      I’m going to guess you didn’t read what I wrote about Insidious 3. I compile this list from my experience, not what I’m ‘expected’ to like. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is the most overrated film of the year, decent first 15 minutes but then what a boring film.

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  • Terry said

    The Last Shift is one of the best of 2015. Just saying. 🙂 And I agree about Creep. I found it pretty dull

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